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- ASIN : B00OQS4CAG
- Publisher : Berkley (4 August 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1070 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 15,262 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At the cottage Lily discovers some old journals. She may be able to find some answers in the journals kept by Lily-Mae. They start when her mother, always desperate for money, loads them up in the old truck, one suitcase between them and takes them to a "poor farm". I had never heard this term but it obviously existed during that time. Children were dropped off to be fed and cared for as they worked for their food and keep.
These places were sometimes run by a local church. Not always godly people either. Such was the case for Lily-Mae, 17, and her sister, Caroline, 11. Both were beautiful children, very inexperienced in the ways of the world. The horrors that Lily-Mae suffered are hard to even read about. Lily-Mae kept journals and her life was laid out in these books. As Lily is reading about her mother and aunt she is getting a better understanding of their life.
Back to current times. The books go back and forth as Lily reads the journals. Sometimes she just needs to get away from them and the depressing situation the two sisters were in. The cottage is situated right on a private beach her nearest neighbor is a little ways down the beach. Close enough but hard to see through all the wild growth of plants. Her neighbor is a very good looking charming guy with a dog. She sees them playing on the beach and when he spots her, he comes over. He is very friendly and gets to know her quick. He lets her know he would like to buy her cottage and tear it down to build a big house. He is an architect. She is really not interest in a new friend, she wants to find out what is going on in her family and then she leaves for Milan for a new job. She is a clothing designer and does quite well. She is just passing through.
This is a long story and a very good one. It really sucks you into these people lives, the things they did, the hurt and pain, etc. Now don't get me wrong, this is not a depressing, sad story. Looking back on their lives they made mistakes and they have to pay the price for that. It is very helpful in that you can see how you can better handle things. It is an absorbing read. I really enjoyed it and could not put it down. I missed dinner and read until finished. There is a great love story and great characters. It covers a lot of territory. Loving, forgiveness, selfishness, scheming, and the power of the love a mother has for her child. It is just entertaining as heck. I loved it and I highly recommend it. I couldn't cover every part of the book in this review without spoiling it and I don't want to do that. Just a great read. One last thought. I LOVED what happened to the preacher and his lovely wife. Karma at it's best.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 6/23/2020
On the negative side: Rape, abortion, suicide (presented as a good thing), irritating martyrdom, and unconvincing characters who sound like they’re on Oprah. The melodrama stretched credibility to my breaking point.
With apologies to the author, who is much loved by her fans. I am obviously not the intended audience for this book.
The antagonist in the book is where I find the biggest problem. This character is a selfish jerk, but there is little foreshadowing of this when the character is younger. It seems that the older generations’ mysteries rely on shallow psychology, lack of communication, and self-absorption. The younger generation storyline is given much more depth and nuance regarding the characters’ choices and behaviors. Therefore, the more modern plot-line resonates more and is more believable.
Spoilers and Warnings: The book contains a rape scene, violence to women, a suicide, a forced abortion scene that is disturbing, alcohol consumption, betrayal, abandonment, blackmail, and mentions breast cancer, briefly mentions a gay couple, and requires tissues for the poignant bittersweet ending of one plot line.
In spite of the heavy dark issues, the book has some positive messaging about the power of love.
I found the typos frustrating, as well as the inconsistent age discrepancies between Lily-Mae and Caroline. One minute Caroline is almost 13 and Lily-Mae is 15, and the next Lily-Mae is 17 and Carline is 13. So are they 4 years apart, or 2 years apart? I found this inconsistency careless and confusing, as it is relevant to the plot-line in terms of LM taking care of Caroline.
It was an enjoyable read, because I had to see what would ultimately happen (although I guessed most of it). However, not the light breezy beach-read I had expected. It was bit too melancholy and maudlin for me.